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The Pyronauts - Surf And Destroydotdotdotdotdot
artworkI was so pleased to see another disc from one of Northern California's coolest bands, and even more pleased to see them live recently at Hotel Utah. This is a magnificent disc!
Picks: Mike's Barracuda, Hey Fred!, Sifaka, Aztec Harry, Iron Board, Necronomicon ex Boardis, Cal-Tiki, Pie, Fire, Water, Supertanker Surf, Land Of The One-Eyed Tiki

Track by Track Review


Mike's Barracuda dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mike's Barracuda" is a faster surf track, rhythmic and splashy, with great glissandos. basic surf grumble and power.

Hey Fred! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a thoroughly flippant and fun piece that's warm and thrilling. It's delicate backtrack writhes with lovely surf reverb while the lead plays a delightful melody. It's a happy go lucky track that's just impossible not to grin with.

Sifaka dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sifaka" is a splendidly infectious song with a sophisticated structure driven by superb surf rhythms. There are many fine tracks I love from The Pyronauts, but this is perhaps my fave. It portrays mysterious imagery, surf power, and a playful sophistication not common in surf. Superb playing and writing.

Aztec Harry dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A warm softness emotes from the guitar lines while great drums and bass back it up. The tribal drums dominate the transition passages commendable. "Aztec Harry" has a bit of a mysterious European sound to it.

Iron Board dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This classical tribute to Alfred Hitchcock uses the theme to his TV series. Amazingly cool interpretation, with warm island whammy and a solid surf beat. Double picked and liquid!

Necronomicon ex Boardis dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfboard Of The Dead" is a splendid surf instro with excellent rhythm and a somewhat optimistic melody line that lurks in the shadows. The psychedelic backwards guitar lines are very cool! This song has grown quite a bit over its life span. A very fine track that I kept coming back to.

Cal-Tiki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cal-Tiki" sports a rippin' surf rhythm behind a chunky riff with great drums, cool whammy chords, and dribbling glissandos. Fine track!

Pie dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very infectious surf beat grabs you right away as "Pie" takes off. Double picked, joyous reverb, and a cool melody line. Solid beat and energy, and plenty to make you smile. An excellent track!

Fire dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drama and mysterious happenings open "Fire," eventually yielding to a chunkin' surf rhythm and a slightly unsettling melody line. Great drums and infectious guitar work.

Water dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slowly starting from a solo guitar line, "Water" gradually builds to an epic journey at a lumbering pace. The shear size of the visual here is overpowering. Aquatic and magnificent.

Supertanker Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cutting through the crests and troughs as if they aren't there, a supertanker would have a hard time shooting the curl, yet "Supertanker Surf" seems to project just such an image. A playful track with a great thumping bass and lots of dribbling reverb.

Land Of The One-Eyed Tiki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Muted reverbed guitar, a bit of an Oriental flair, and a delicate interplay between the guitars. "Land Of The One-Eyed Tiki" gradually builds to a minor surf frenzy. Superb and unique.